Today, during a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defence, the transcript of the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of 28 February 2014 was declassified. The issue related to the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the current situation at that period.
According to the transcript, the Acting Minister of Defense Ihor Tenyukh asked Oleksandr Turchynov - who served as Ukraine’s interim President in 2014 - to bring the AFU in full combat readiness.
Then Tenyukh told about a concentration of Russian forces along the Ukrainian-Russian border.
“Their goal is not just to demonstrate the force, but to get prepared for the invasion of our territory: border crossing and execution of combat operations,” said Tenyukh.
He also reported that a total of 38 thousand people, 761 units of tank weapon systems, 2200 armored vehicles, 720 artillery systems and multiple rocket systems, up to 40 attack helicopters, 90 combat helicopters and 90 strike aircrafts have been concentrated in the direction of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donetsk. Tenyukh also noted that 80 Russian military ships are on combat alert in the Black Sea.
“Our actions: In order to respond appropriately to the threats I ask your permission, dear Oleksandr Valentinovych, to bring our military forces in full combat readiness. And in the case of an invasion, to use all existing crews of attack and bomber aviation for practical combat use,” Tenyukh stressed.
The Minister of Defence also said that a total of 15 thousand Ukrainian servicemen, mainly naval forces, were on the peninsular at the time of Russia’s armed invasion of Crimea. According to him, only 1.5 - 2 thousand of them were ready to execute the order. At the same time, there were more than 20 thousand Russian troops and special forces in Crimea.